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    Notions of asylum and beyond


    We’ve invited Mike Jay, curator of the exhibition ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’, to take over the Library Blog as guest editor for a series of blog posts inspired by the notion of ‘asylum’ and our own digitised mental health… Continue reading

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A foppish medical student smoking a cigarette, a tankard is on top of his medical books; denoting a cavalier attitude. Lithograph, 1854.
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    Tales of medical students heading for Paris


    British tourists and travellers heading by road for Paris and points beyond for the summer are likely to take the autoroute. Not so long ago however the principal route was the old RN 1 which took the traveller from Calais… Continue reading

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Royal Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Water, Surrey
This was the largest and grandest hospital built for private mental patients in Britain. In 1948 it was taken over by the National Health Service, and served parts of West Surrey. It closed down in the 1980's after a serious fire. It has now been turned into luxury apartments.
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    Holloway Sanatorium for the Insane


    The travel writer Bill Bryson recorded that Virginia Water, the home to Holloway Sanatorium, had a charm about it because “it was full of wandering lunatics”. Bryson worked at the sanatorium in 1973 as a janitor on Tuke Ward. In… Continue reading

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    Beauty and the hospital: call for papers


    Paper proposals are invited for the eleventh conference of the International Network for the History of Hospitals, which will take place in Malta, 6–8 April 2017, hosted by the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of… Continue reading

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    Tracks and traces: reuniting the Camberwell House papers online


    History is often the piecing together of fragments. Archive documents are the tracks and traces of long-gone events, which the researcher looking for truth about the past follows to assemble the scraps of evidence that build up a picture. Sometimes… Continue reading

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    A history of health? Integrating food and drink into the history of medieval medicine


    The first seminar in the 2015–16 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 13th October. Speaker: Dr Iona McCleery (University of Leeds) A history of health? Integrating food and drink into the history of medieval medicine Abstract: The… Continue reading

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    Rosina Bulwer Lytton: a blighted life


    The life of Rosina Bulwer Lytton provides a fascinating insight into the attitudes towards women and mental health in the 19th century. Dismissed for years as the mad wife of the novelist and politician Edward Bulwer Lytton, Rosina was in… Continue reading

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    Religion and medicine: call for papers


    Paper proposals are invited for a conference on ‘Religion and medicine: healing the body and soul from the Middle Ages to the modern day’ that will take place at Birkbeck, University of London, 15–16 July 2016. The conference is convened… Continue reading

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    Diary of an asylum superintendent


    The digitised diaries of asylum superintendent Dr James Adam (1834-1908) offer a rare view of life inside a late 19th century mental health asylum for the poor. Adam was praised for his energetic and humane approach to the role at… Continue reading

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    A hundred years of caring for the insane


    Edward Francis Tuke (ca. 1776-1846) founded the Manor House Asylum as a private lunatic establishment in Chiswick, London in 1837 with his wife, Mary. Though private asylums had been around since the 17th century, few dealt with patients with as… Continue reading